Lyndsay Foale

Lyndsay Foale

A little about me.

What inspired you to become a Support Coordinator?
My inspiration stems from my lived experience and my time working in education. As a parent of children with disabilities, I understand the stress and feeling isolated while navigating the NDIS, seeking the supports, and feeling unheard. I am a true believer that everyone has a voice and should have the opportunity to speak their truth and stories. I pride myself on providing clients with choice and control while being an empathetic listener. During my time in education, I gained knowledge and the understanding of complex behaviours and diverse disabilities, I identified gaps in the system and there found my passion as a support coordinator.

How long have you been working in this space, and what do you enjoy most about it?
My background is primarily in education where I supported students with diverse disabilities and behaviours. My lived experience outweighs my professional experiences, I grew up with family with complex disabilities and volunteered my time assisting my local community group providing support to clients with Down Syndrome & children complex homes and complex behaviours. In recent years, I've transitioned into Support Coordination, where I truly feel at home. I thoroughly enjoy supporting clients to work towards their goals and independence.

What types of support services do you specialise in or have experience with?
My experience as a Support Coordinator has provided me the opportunity to support clients with diverse disabilities. I have a passion for supporting clients with neurological disorders, growth disorders, and Aged Care. My time in education has provided me to take a holistic approach in supporting children with diverse disabilities, complex behaviours, Neurodiversity & Intellectual Disabilities. I am passionate about learning about disabilities and providing tailored support to each individual.

Are there any resources or programs you find interesting and beneficial for a lot of your participants?
As a Support Coordinator, I take a tailored approach to each individual's needs. This involves listening to the client, researching various topics and tailoring supports that are unique and are of interest to promote engagement.

What do you believe are the most important qualities for a Support Coordinator to have?
A passion for supporting others with a genuine warm and empathetic nature. A proactive and curious nature that continuously grows and develops their knowledge and understanding of the clients individualised needs and their disability.
Providing clients with choice and control in all areas of their life to achieve outcomes by fostering positive relationships, actively listening and collaborating to reaching their NDIS goals.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Any hobbies or interests you’d like to share?
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, especially outdoors. We enjoy going off-grid camping where we reconnect as a family and to nature away from the busyness of city life. I enjoy hiking and bushwalking, paddleboarding and roller-skating. I'm a big animal lover, I have two dogs and two cats. You will often find me snuggled up on the coach with my fur babies - they each rotate and share the love.
If I'm not travelling and out camping you will find me in my craft room. When I am in my craft room I can be lost for hours in my own thoughts and creativity without even knowing.

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